Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
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Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown)
Though the kinky characters and aberrant social behavior common to the works of Spanish director Pedro Almodovar are very evident in his Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the film is at heart a door-slamming farce in the grand tradition. The tiny apartment of pregnant actress Carmen Maura is the "Grand Central Station" setpiece for this dizzying tale. Distraught over her recent breakup with her lover, Carmen prepares to overdose on sleeping pills, which she blends into a gazpacho so they'll go down easier. She is diverted from her suicide by her best friend Maria… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A feminist comedy with real bite; it always brings down the house."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Women slinks devilishly (and expertly) between farce, absurdism and tragedy."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"The gold standard for Almodovar's screwball farces."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"An incisive, fast-paced romp with the serious theme of obsessive love."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"playful fun and the ensemble cast delivers"
‑ John A. Nesbit,
"In Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Mr. Almodovar sets out to charm rather than shock. That he succeeds should not come as a surprise."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Almodovar's most accomplished and most commercially successful comedy to date."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An exuberant comedy of manners drunk on its own outlandish melodrama."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Probably Pedro Almodovar's most completely accessible film -- certainly it's one of his funniest and most popular works."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown doesn't exactly feel like a farce, even though that's quite obviously what it is."
‑ Scott Renshaw, Apollo Guide
"This is painless sexual politics, a fiendish comedy full of prickles and pain and the bright shiny pinks of a matador's cape."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"The film's color scheme is like a makeup counter display, and the narrative has the same sort of spirit, with dabs of humor that gloss over or disrupt the heroine's grief."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"The movie is a great introduction to Almodóvar's world..."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"Almodovar's funky widescreen style is captivating, but his madcap story is maddeningly devoid of seriousness."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"Women on the Verge is even wackier than [Almodovar's] other films -- it also just happens to be more universal."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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